Kachess Lake

Situated just north of I-90, about five miles west of Cle Elum Lake. With a year-round open season, Kachess should be good for 8- to 12-inch kokanee by early June. Trolling or still fishing is effective and chumming is permitted.  Rainbows, cutthroat, and burbot are also taken. There is a 10-fish catch limit for kokanee in addition to a 2-fish, 14-inch minimum size trout daily limit.  The lake is periodically stocked with kokanee and cutthroat fry.     

The lake is closed to fishing for bull trout; please carefully release any bull trout that are inadvertently hooked.  There are no lake trout (mackinaw) in this lake.

This is a very popular lake with good camping and good boat launching area, but there is no late summer boat launching facility available due to excessive reservoir drawdown.  U.S. Forest Service campground and boat launching facilities.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Shoreline access: Good
Good shoreline access near U.S Forest Service campgounds and hiking trail along lake.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Kittitas
Acreage: 4377.80 ac.
Elevation: 2258 ft.
Center: 47.317156, -121.238025
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Fishing prospects calendar

  • January: Poor fishing - All month
  • February: Poor fishing - All month
  • March: Poor fishing - All month
  • April: Poor fishing - All month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Good fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
  • October: Poor fishing - All month
  • November: Poor fishing - All month
  • December: Poor fishing - All month